Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday on the Senate floor that denying Brett Kavanaugh a seat on the Supreme Court would set an “un-American precedent” — the same McConnell who refused to hold a single hearing on President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.
TPM noted that during his remarks, McConnell said “Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in this country,” referring to allegations of sexual assault brought by three women against Kavanaugh in recent weeks.
Well before hearing testimony or the completion of an FBI investigation, the Kentucky Republican had already determined to “plow right through” to Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
As it stands, a whole-Senate vote on the nominee could take place as soon as Saturday, according to multiple reports.
Listen to McConnell’s remarks above.